The Shoppers’ Tips For Safe Shopping
“Stay home and stay safe” These might just be the 5 most popular words in the year 2020. The COVID-19 epidemic has ravaged countries, leaving death, pain and sickness in its wake. To nip its spread in the bud, we all have a responsibility to stay indoors as much as we can to avoid contact with others. However, there are times when going out becomes unavoidable for a very important reason- shopping.
Groceries, snacks, toiletries and other essentials are critical to achieving “stay home.” And no matter how much you stock up on these, you’re sure to run out of supplies at some point. Even before running out, we all have those moments when we forget something and need to dash back out to get it.
The question now is, how do you shop safely amid a pandemic? Below are a few pointers:
Order online and take deliveries
For a little added cost, you can order practically anything over the internet and have it delivered to your doorstep. Lots of e-commerce sites offer this service while most stores even have their in-house delivery team.
Most delivery companies, or the delivery staff at big stores, have been trained to take all necessary precautions, so you can be sure your delivery is safe. To be extra sure, you may even disinfect the package after delivery; one cannot be too careful.
When shopping physically
If for some reason you cannot use online delivery and have to go out to do your shopping, then be sure to do the following:
Contactless Payment: Actually, this applies to online delivery as well. Touching and exchanging cash puts both yourself and the cashier at risk of exchanging the virus as well. Instead, use a POS, swipe your card, or even make payments via a mobile app or internet transfer from your phone. The less physical contact, the better for all of us.
Social Distancing and other rules : You already know these, but to reiterate:
*Maintain a distance of 6 ft. from other shoppers.
*Wear a nose mask.
*Keep your hands to yourself: You never can tell who has just touched a surface, doorknob, or even the handle of a shopping cart. The virus can survive for hours on any of these surfaces.
*Avoid touching your face.
*If you have to touch your face, disinfect your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer first. Also, do this in case you touched anyone or surface.
*Wash your hands with soap after you return.
*Also, any exposed items such as the bags in which you carried the groceries should be washed.
*The clothes that you wore to the store are another possible source of contact with infected people so you should either wash them or spread them out in the sun.
*Wipe your doorknob and any other surfaces you touched before washing your hands with methylated spirit.
*Wipe your phone! You touch it almost unconsciously every time and you never can tell. Best to wipe it down with some disinfectant or some other alcohol-based liquid.
Remember, it’s better to be too careful than to end up being infected with the virus.